University of Florida
2403 B Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville FL 32611
I am a professor of social foundations of education in the School of Teaching & Learning. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of American education and the philosophical foundations of education. My scholarship has focused on the history of the American high school; the history of science, gender, and education in the postwar era; and conflicts among different governing bodies in education in the latter half of the twentieth century. My book, Science Education and Citizenship: Fairs, Clubs, and Talent Searches for American Youth, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2013.
Ph.D. – Indiana University, 2000, History of Education
Ph.D. – Indiana University, 2000, American Studies
M.A. – Indiana University, 1993, History
B.A. – Cornell University, 1991, History (cum laude)
Key Professional Appointments
Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching & Learning, 2014-present.
Associate Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching & Learning, 2006-2014.
Assistant Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching & Learning, 2004-2006.
Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, & Foundations, 2000-2004.
Activities & Honors
Graduate Teacher of the Year. College of Education. University of Florida. 2012-2013.
Robert B. Primack Memorial Foundations of Education Faculty Award, 2013.
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2009-2012
Board of Editors, History of Education Quarterly, 2012-2015.
Board of Directors, History of Education Society, 2013-2016.
Principal Investigator. “Race and Science Education in a Segregated State: The Alabama Junior Academy of Science, 1933-1970.” College Research Incentive Fund. College of Education. University of Florida. 2010-2011. Grant amount: $6,000.
Principal Investigator. “Enlisting Science Education for National Strength: An Examination of Historical Precedents.” The Spencer Foundation. 2008-2009. Grant amount: $39,075.
Principal Investigator. “Tracing Professional Educators’ Conceptions of ‘Giftedness’ and ‘Scientific Talent,’ 1928-1958.” College Research Incentive Fund recipient, College of Education, University of Florida. 2007-2008. Grant amount: $2,993.
Sevan G. Terzian, Science Education and Citizenship: Fairs, Clubs, and Talent Searches for American Youth, 1918-1958 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Sevan G. Terzian & Leigh Ann Osborne. “International College Students.” (pp. 237-263). Eds. Michael J. Cuyjet, Mary F. Howard-Hamilton, & Diane L. Cooper, Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion (Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2011).
Sevan G. Terzian. “Custodialism and Career Preparation in a Comprehensive High School, 1929-1942.” Eds. Barry M. Franklin & Gary McCulloch, The Death of the Comprehensive High School? Historical, Contemporary, and Comparative Perspectives, Vol. 1 (New York: Palgrave Press, 2007), 19-36.
Sevan G. Terzian “History of the American High Schol. “Eds. Kathryn M. Borman, Spencer E. Cahill, & Bridget A. Cotner, The Praeger Handbook of American High Schools (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007), 214-221.
Sevan G. Terzian & Leigh Shapiro, “Corporate Science Education: Westinghouse and the Value of Science in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Public Understanding of Science (published online May 21, 2013).
Sevan G. Terzian, “The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair and the Transformation of the American Science Extracurriculum.” Science Education 93 (September 2009): 892-914.
Sevan G. Terzian, “‘Adventures in science’: casting scientifically talented youth as national resources on American radio, 1942-1958,” Paedagogica Historica 44 (June 2008): 309-325.
Sevan G. Terzian & Andrew L. Grunzke. “Scrambled eggheads: ambivalent representations of scientists in six Hollywood film comedies from 1961 to 1965.” Public Understanding of Science 16 (October 2007): 407-419.
Sevan G. Terzian & Elizabeth A. Yeager. “That’s when We Became a Nation’: Urban Latino Adolescents and the Designation of Historical Significance.” Urban Education 42 (January 2007): 52-81.